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PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF
THE OFFICE OF
THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES AGENCY
MUSKOGEE AREA of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Record Group 75)

Compiled by Kent Carter, September 1994

The Southwest National Archives branch in Fort Worth, Texas holds most of the original Bureau of Indian Affairs records from Oklahoma. This is their extensive inventory of approximately 650 types of records covering enrollment, allotment, leases, finances, probate, programs, and schools. These original records must be viewed in person at the SW National Archives.   Please see Visiting the National Archives.


Go to: Introduction ... Table of Contents ... Appendix I-VIII ... Alphabetical index (A-I)

Go to Record Entries: 1-60a ... 61-128 ... 129-207a ... 208-288a ... 289-359 ... 360-442a ... 443-506 ... 507-579 ... 580-649


RECORDS RELATING TO ALLOTMENTS TO CREEKS

The Dawes Commission began allotting land to Creeks under the terms of the Curtis Act of 1898 but those terms were modified by an agreement with the tribe approved by an act of Congress of March 1, 1901 (31 Stat. 861) and a supplemental agreement approved by an act of June 30, 1902 (32 Stat. 500) Under these agreements, each Creek citizen was entitled to select land equal in value to $1,040. Persons enrolled as Newborns under the act of March 3, 1905 (33 Stat. 1048) received only 40 acres of land.

A Creek Land Office was opened at Muskogee on April 1, 1899, and 3,800 selections were made by June 30, 1899. In May, 1901, a field party was sent to Okmulgee to accept applications for allotment and seek out persons who had failed to enroll or select allotments. Many of the full-blood Creeks, commonly referred to as "Snakes," opposed allotment and refused to make selections. In March, 1909, two U.S. Deputy Marshals were killed and two were wounded while attempting to deliver allotment certificates in an incident known as the "Snake Uprising." The Dawes Commission made more than 1,331 "arbitrary allotments" to Creeks who refused to make selections. Huge deposits of oil were later discovered under some of these "arbitrary allotments" and full-blood Creeks such as Jackson Barnett received fortunes in royalty payments.

208. REPORT OF APPRAISEMENT OF IMPROVEMENTS.

1902-1905. 3 ft.
Arranged numerically (1-127 and 289-500) by a number assigned chronologically by date of report. There are gaps.
Original reports of appraisements of improvements on Creek land prepared on printed forms. The reports were prepared by a "Committee on Appraisement of Excess Improvements" authorized by section 5 of the act of Congress of March 15, 1902. The Information contained in the reports includes name of the owner, legal description of the land, the name of the person allotted the land on which the improvements were built, a description of the improvements, and their appraised value. There is also some correspondence between the Dawes Commission and owners if improvements about the appraisements and plat maps annotated to show the location of the improvements.
A-8-102-2

209. RECORD OF DENIED APPLICATIONS FOR ALLOTMENT.

n.d. 1 vol. 21 pages
Arranged numerically by application number ("H") assigned chronologically by date of application. The volume includes an index to surnames of applicants.
A record of actions taken on applications for allotments which were denied or cancelled by the Commission. The information given for each application includes applicant's name, date filed, legal description of the land, and the date denied or cancelled. Many of the applications were cancelled because the applicant lost a contest over the land which was then allotted to another person. There are many references to the allotment contests described in entry 245.
A-8-102-2

210. DENIED APPLICATIONS FOR ALLOTMENT.

1902-1907. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically by application number ("H") assigned chronologically by date of application. There are many gaps.
Original applications for allotment submitted on printed forms, transcripts of testimony given at hearings conducted by the Commission, printed plat maps (form 59) annotated to show the location of selections, notices of contested allotments, and some correspondence between the Commission and applicants. Many of the applications were denied because the applicant lost an allotment contest.
A-8-102-2

211. INDEX TO ALLOTMENT LEDGERS.

n.d. 2 vols. 2 in.
Arranged alphabetically with one volume for Creeks by Blood and a separate volume for Creek Freedmen.
An index to the ledgers described in entry 212. (L3040=by blood and L3039=Freedmen).
A-8-102-2

212. ALLOTMENT LEDGERS.

1900-1914. 15 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by enrollment category and thereunder numerically by enrollment number.
A record prepared on printed forms of land allotted as Homestead and Surplus to Creeks by Blood, Minor Creeks, Newborn Creeks, Creek Freedmen, and Newborn Creek Freedmen. The information given for each allottee includes enrollment number, date of selections, selection certificate number, deed number, and the appraised value of the land. The volumes were annotated in 1918 with application numbers for equalization payments. (82-6-3, 32-4-20 to 27, and 32-4-15 and 16, and M711).
A-8-102-2

213. RECORD OF ALLOTMENT.

1899-1914. 18 vols. 3 ft.
Arranged by enrollment category and thereunder numerically by enrollment number.
Original and some duplicate and triplicate copies of a record of land allotted as Homestead and Surplus to Creeks by Blood and Creek Freedmen. The information given for each allottee includes enrollment number, the legal description of each tract allotted, area, appraised value, and a reference to the records described in entry 212. (82-8-1 to 6, 82-7-15 and 17, 87-10-6 and 7, L2308, L2311, L2314, L2306 and 7, L2312, L2313, L2732, and some large loose sheets).
A-8-102-4

214. INDEX TO TRACT BOOKS.

n.d. 7 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by enrollment category and thereunder alphabetically.
An index to the records described in entry 215. (L3041=by blood, L3042=Freedmen, L3037, 100170 and 71, 100306 and 7).
A-9-2-5

215. TRACT BOOKS.

1900-1914. 4 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically by selection certificate number assigned chronologically by date issued.
A record prepared on printed forms of land allotted to Creeks and Creek Freedmen. The information given for each allotment includes allottee's name and enrollment number, the legal description of the land, area, and the selection certificate number and date issued. (L2458, L3037=index, L2459 to 61).
A-9-2-6

216. PLAT MAPS.

n.d. 20 items
Arranged by Range and thereunder by Township.
Printed plat maps annotated to show the location of allotment selections. The location of townsites has been marked in green. It appears that these maps were working copies maintained by the selection clerks in the Creek Land Office. (82-9-13).
A-9-2-7

217. RECORD OF SELECTION CERTIFICATES MAILED.

1899-1913. 5 vols. 5 in.
Arranged numerically by certificate number assigned chronologically by date issued.
The information given for each certificate includes the allottee's name and enrollment number, certificate number, and date mailed. There are some annotations about the return or cancellation of certificates. It also appears that the Creek Land Office issued more than one set of certificates. (82-6-6 to 9).
A-9-2-7

218. SELECTION CERTIFICATES.

1902-1908. 2 ft.
Arranged numerically by certificate number assigned chronologically by date issued.
Original selection certificates for Homestead and Surplus land allotments. The information contained in each certificate includes the allottee's name and enrollment number, the legal description of the land, area, appraised value, and date of selection. Most certificates include a plat map annotated to show the location of the selection. It appears that the majority of these certificates were never issued by the Commission.
A-9-2-7

219. INDEX TO RECORD OF DEEDS.

n.d. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged alphabetically. The index only covers A to K.
An index to a set of record books which have not been located. The only information given is the allottee's filing number and a volume and page number reference. (82-6-4).
A-9-2-7

220. RECORD OF DEEDS ("FILE BOOKS").

1902-1908. 3 vols. 6 in.
Arranged numerically by deed number assigned chronologically by date issued.
A record of deeds issued to Creeks and Creek Freedmen allottees. The information given for each deed includes the number, date filed, name of allottee, the legal description of the land, date issued, date approved, and a reference to the missing records indexed in the volumes described in entry 219. (B630, L2463, and 100309).
A-9-2-7

221. RECORD OF DELIVERY OF DEEDS.

n.d. 2 vals. 2 in.
Arranged by enrollment category and thereunder numerically by enrollment number.
A record of deeds issued to Creeks and Creek Freedmen. The information given for each allottee includes enrollment number and occasionally the Homestead or Surplus deed number. very few deeds were recorded in these volumes. (L3096=Creeks, L3095=Freedmen).
A-9-4-1

222. RECORD OF DELIVERY AND RECEIPT OF DEEDS.

1902-1908. 1 vol. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically by deed number assigned chronologically by date issued.
A record of deeds delivered to the Principal Chief of the Creek Nation and subsequently delivered to individual allottees. The information given for each deed includes number, allottee's name and enrollment number, date delivered to the Chief, date returned, date sent to the Secretary of Interior for approval and date returned, and the date of delivery to the allottee. The lists have been signed by the Chairman of the Dawes Commission.
A-9-4-1

223. RECORD OF RECEIPTS FOR DEEDS.

1903-1906. 13 vols. 4 in.
Arranged numerically by receipt number assigned chronologically by date issued.
A record prepared on printed forms of deeds received by the Principal Chief of the Creek Nation. The information given includes receipt number, deed number, name df allottee, date delivered to the Chief, and date delivered to the allottee.
A-9-4-1

224. RECEIPTS FOR DEEDS.

1901-1906. 3 in.
Arranged numerically by receipt number assigned chronologically by date issued.
Original receipts for allotment deeds signed by Pleasant Porter, Principal Chief of the Creek Nation. The receipt lists each deed and the name of the allottee.
A-9-4-1

224A. DEEDS.

1902-1908. 2 ft.
Arranged by enrollment number with gaps. There are a few deeds issued as late as 1925.
Original deeds and patents to allotted land which include the allottee's name, roll number, degree of Indian blood, and the legal description of the land. In a few cases there is correspondence about the deed. It appears that these deeds were retained by the agency because they were undeliverable or the allottee died or refused to accept.
A-26-84-2

225. RECORD OF DEEDS CANCELLED.

903-1906. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by a "reference number" assigned chronologically by date of deed.
A record of deeds which were cancelled and apparently reissued. The information given for each deed includes a reference number, the "new" and "old" Commission number, the "old" and "new" file numbers, the allottee's name, and dates of various actions taken. (from 405374)
A-9-4-1


RECORDS RELATING TO ALLOTMENTS TO SEMINOLES

225A. OFFICE FILES OF THE CLERK IN CHARGE OF THE SEMINOLE LAND OFFICE.

1901-1904. 1 ft.
Arranged by type of document and thereunder chronologically.
Original letters received, copies of letters sent, time reports, weekly and monthly narrative and statistical reports, vouchers for office supplies, schedules and original memos of selection for arbitrary allotments, lists of persons named on memos of selection, and schedules and plats of tracts reserved from allotment for schools and churches. The correspondence is between Fred T. Marr, Clerk in Charge, and the Commissioner or Special Disbursing Agent in Muskogee and relates to personnel, office administration, selections of land, and allotment contests. The records include the Land Office's copy of allotment contest case files (originals are in entry 245).
A-9-4-2

226. RECORD OF DENIED APPLICATIONS.

1901-1902. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged numerically by an application number ("H") assigned chronologically by date of application.
A record of actions taken on applications for allotment which were denied or cancelled by the Commission. The information given for each application includes the applicant's name and enrollment number, date of application, the legal description of the land, date of selection certificate, and references to allotment contests (see entry 245). Most of the applications relate to land involved in allotment contests. (L3325).
A-9-4-2

227. APPROVED ALLOTMENT SCHEDULES.

1901-1906. .5 in.
Arranged numerically by selection certificate number assigned chronologically by date issued.
Typed Schedules of allotments made to Seminoles and Seminole Freedmen. The information given for each allotment includes the allottee's name and enrollment number, the legal description of the land, area, appraised value, selection certificate number, and date issued. Microfilmed as 7RA20. (L3330).
A-9-4-2

228. ALLOTMENT LEDGERS.

1901-1906. 2 vols. 6 in.
Arranged numerically by enrollment number.
A record of allotments prepared on printed forms. The information given for each allottee includes name and enrollment number, date of selections, selection certificate numbers, deed numbers, and appraised value of the tracts selected. (32-5-29 and 30).
A-9-4-2

229. RECORD OF ALLOTMENT.

1901-1906. 3 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically by enrollment number.
An original, duplicate, and triplicate copy of a record of land allotted as Homestead and Surplus to Seminoles and Seminole Freedmen prepared on printed forms. The information given for each allottee includes name and enrollment number, the legal desciption of the tracts allotted, area and appraised value of each tract, and certificate and deed numbers. There is often a page reference to the volumes described in entry 228. (82-5-5 and 6 and L2317).
A-9-4-3

230. INDEX TO ALLOTMENT BOOKS.

n.d. 1 vol. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
An index to the volumes described in entry 231. (82-5-4)
A-9-4-5

231. ALLOTMENT BOOKS.

1901-1906. 2 vols. 3 in.
Arranged in roughly numerical order by selection certificate number assigned chronologically by date issued.
One complete and one partial copy of a record of land allotted as Surplus. The Information given for each allotment includes the allottee's name and enrollment number, the legal description of the tracts selected, area, appraised value, selection certificate number and date issued, and the date the allotment was approved. (12-4-17 and L2315).
A-9-4-5

232. LETTERS SENT TRANSMITTING CERTIFICATE OF ALLOTMENT.

1902. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by addressee.
Carbon copies of letters from the Commission to allottees transmitting certificates of allotment. The only information contained in the letter is the allotment certificate number.
A-9-4-5

233. RECORD OF HOMESTEAD CERTIFICATES MAILED.

1902-1908. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by enrollment category and thereunder numerically by certificate number assigned chronologically by date issued.
A record of selection certificates for Homestead allotments which were mailed to Seminoles, Seminole Freedmen, and Newborn Seminoles. The information given for each certificate includes number, allottee's name and Post Office address, and date mailed. (from 405370).
A-9-4-5

234. SELECTION CERTIFICATES.

1902-1908. 4 in.
Arranged by type of certificate.
Original selection certificates for Homestead and Surplus land allotments that were cancelled, returned, or never issued. The information contained in the certificate generally includes the allottee's name and enrollment number, the legal description of the land, area, appraised value, and date of selection. The certificate generally includes a plat map annotated to show the lcation of the selection.
A-9-4-5

235. RECORD OF PETITIONS FOR PATENTS.

1911-1914. 1 vol. 13 pages
Unarranged. A handwritten record of actions taken on petitions for the issuance of patents to land. The information given for each petition includes the allottee's name, petitioner's name, legal description of the tract, appraised value, and the dates of actions taken. Many of the petitions were filed by heirs of deceased allottees seeking to sell the land. (from 416350).
A-9-4-6

236. RECORD OF PATENTS ISSUED.

n.d. 1 vol. .5 in.
Arranged by enrollment category and thereunder numerically by patent number assigned chronologically by date issued. The volume includes an index to names of allottees.
A record of patents issued to Seminoles, Newborn Seminoles, and Newborn Seminole Freedmen. The information given for each patent includes number, allottee's name and enrollment number, and date issued. (from 45539).
A-9-4-6

237. RECORD OF DEEDS DELIVERED.

1902-1908. 6 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by enrollment category and thereunder numerically by enrollment number.
A record of deeds or patents to Homestead and Surplus allotments delivered to Seminoles, Seminole Freedmen, Newborn Seminoles, and Newborn Seminole Freedmen. The information given includes allottee's name and enrollment number, deed number, date prepared, and dates executed and delivered. See entry 493 of Preliminary Inventory 163 for a description of two sets of Seminole Homestead deeds. (L1672 from 405374 and 405372).
A-9-4-6

237A. DEEDS.

1902-1908. 3 ft.
Arranged by enrollment number with gaps. There are a few deeds issued as late as 1925.
Original deeds and patents to allotted lands which include the allottee's name, roll number, degree of Indian blood, and the legal description of the land. In a few cases there is correspondence about the deed. It appears that these deeds were retained by the agency because they were undeliverable or the allottee died or refused to accept them.
A-26-84-2


RECORDS RELATING TO ALLOTMENT CONTESTS

In cases where more then one person wished to select the same tract of land as an allotment, the Dawes Commission required that one of the persons institute contest proceedings that were governed by regulations issued by the Secretary of Interior. The Commission held hearings and received evidence from all interested parties and then rendered a decision that could be appealed to the Secretary of Interior. Many of the allotment contests were instituted after oil was discovered in the Creek and Cherokee Nations.

An Allotment Contest Division was established in Muskogee that worked closely with the clerks of the Land Offices in each tribal area. See entries 144, 170, 200, and 209 for records relating to allotment selections that were cancelled as a result of allotment contests.

238. INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR.

1900. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date received. The volume includes a list of the cases cited in the instructions.
Carbon copies of letters received from the Secretary of Interior providing instructions on rules of procedure and opinions in specific allotment contests.
A-9-6-1

239. CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO APPLICATIONS TO FILE CONTESTS.

1904-1906. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically by case number (1-117) assigned chronologically by the date the case was opened.
Original letters received from the Chairman of the Commission relating to actions taken on applications to file allotment contests, affidavits and complaints submitted by claimants to land, copies of transcripts of testimony given at hearings conducted by the Commission, and some original applications to institute proceedings. The applications were filed under section 71 of an act of Congress of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. 641).
A-9-6-1

240. NOTICES TO FILE CONTESTS.

1903-1904. 2 vols. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent.
Press copies of notices of a conflict sent by the clerk in charge of the Chickasaw Land Office to persons who applied for land previously selected by another person. The notice required an appearance before the Commission to resolve the conflict.
A-9-6-1

241. LISTS OF CONTESTS.

1903-1907. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically by the date the contest was instituted. The volume contains an index to applicants.
A list of allotment contests instituted by Choctaws and Chickasaws whose enrollment applications were pending when allotment began. The information given for each applicant includes enrollment card number, the legal description of the land claimed, appraised value, and the date the contest was instituted. The volume also includes a list of persons who selected land in excess of the amount permitted. (82-7-11)
A-9-6-1

242. INDEX TO ALLOTMENT CONTESTS.

1906-1910. 1 vol. .5 in.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder alphabetically by the surname of the person who instituted the contest.
An index to allotment contests filed by Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Creeks. The information given for each contest includes number, names of parties involved, the decision of the Commission, the date the decision was recorded, and the date it was transmitted to the appropriate land office. The is not a complete index to all the contests that were filed. (L1928)
A-9-6-1

243. INDEX TO CONTEST DOCKETS.

n.d. 14 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder alphabetically by surname of the parties involved.
An index to the dockets described in entry 244. L1859, L1860, and L1929=Cherokee; 29-5-19 and 20=Choctaw; L3016 to 3019=Chickasaw; 82-6-5=Creek; L3237=Seminole.
A-9-6-1

244. CONTEST DOCKETS.

1900-1910. 48 vols. 9 ft.
A record of papers filed and proceedings held in allotment contests. The information given for each contest includes the names of the parties involved and their attorneys, the legal description of the contested land, a summary of the proceedings held, and the Commission's decision. (11-3-40 to 54, 11-2-37 to 43, and 32-3-5)
A-9-6-2

245. CONTEST CASE FILES.

1900-1910. 560 ft.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder by contest number assigned chronologically by date filed.
Original applications to institute proceedings, transcripts of testimony given at hearings conducted by the Commission, printed plat maps annotated to show the location of the land in dispute, correspondence between the Commission and the parties involved, and copies of the Commission's decision and order. (from 69706 to 69857, folded).
A-9-8-2


RECORDS RELATING TO TOWNSITES

The Curtis Act of June 30, 1898 (30 Stat. 495) and the agreements that were negotiated with each tribe, provided for the establishment of Townsite Commission to survey, plat, and appraise townsites. Choctaw and Chickasaw Townsite Commissions were established in May, 1899, and Commissions for the town of Muskogee and Wagoner in the Creek Nation were appointed in April and August, 1899 respectively.

An act of Congress of May 31, 1900 (31 Stat. 221) authorized the Secretary of Interior to survey and plat townsites with populations of more than 200. H. V. Hinkley was appointed Supervising Engineer on June 4, 1900 to direct the activities of 10 to 12 field parties that were sent out to locate the exterior limits of townsites and prepare plats. A few townsites were surveyed by L. F. Parker under contract to the Department of Interior. The Tribal Townsite Commissions appraised individual lots within townsites after the plat was approved by the Secretary of Interior. A Creek Townsite Commission was appointed on September 1, 1901, following the completion of the work of the Muskogee and Wagoner Townsite Commissions.

Field survey parties under the supervision of the U. S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory prepared plats of townsites with populations less than 200 under an act of Congress of May 27, 1902 (32 Stat. 245) Individual Indian allottees were permitted to alienate allotted land for townsite purposes with the approval of the Secretary of Interior under an act of Congress of March 3, 1903. (32 Stat. 982) The Dawes Commission processed hundreds of applications under this act until June 30, 1908 after which such applications were considered along with all other applications for permission to remove restrictions from allotted land (see entry 433). All tribal townsite commissions were abolished by an act of March 3, 1905 (33 Stat. 1048) which made the Secretary of Interior responsible for any unfinished appraisals of townsites.

The terms of purchase of lots within townsites were specified by the agreements negotiated with each tribe and regulations issued by the Secretary of Interior. All payments were made to the Union Agency which issued deeds or patents that were prepared by the Dawes Commission and reviewed by tribal officials.

Many of the records relating to the survey and sale of townsite lots are still in the custody of the Muskogee Area Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Many of the applications under the act of March 3, 1903, are in the custody of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Letters received by the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1900 to 1907 relating to the townsite of Muskogee are described in entry 509 of Preliminary Inventory 163. See Appendix IV for a list of townsites and entries 392, 393, and 434 for records relating to payments for town lots. See also Kenneth M. Hamilton, "Townsite Speculation and the Origin of Boley, Oklahoma" in The Chronicles of Oklahoma (Summer, 1977).


GENERAL

246. APPLICATIONS TO SCHEDULE TOWN LOTS.

1902-1905. 4 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by town and thereunder chronologically by date received.
Applications submitted on printed forms by owners of improvements on lots within townsites to have lots "listed, scheduled, and appraised." The information contained in the application includes the name of the town, the lot and block numbers, a description of the improvements, and the estimated value of improvements. (405331 to 405361, 69915, and 45547).
A-9-18-3

247. SCHEDULES OF APPRAISEMENT OF IMPROVED LOTS.

1902-1910. 7 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by town and thereunder numerically by block number.
Original schedules prepared on printed forms of the appraised value of improved lots located within townsites. The information given for each lot includes the lot and block number, the name of the owner of the improvements, a description of the improvements, the appraised value of the improvements and the lot, and the per centage of the appraised value required to purchase the lot. The schedules have been signed by the Chairman of the tribal townsite commission and the Secretary of Interior. (405331 to 405361).
A-9-18-4

248. NOTICES OF APPRAISEMENT.

1902-1910. 20 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by town and thereunder alphabetically by addressee.
Notices advising the owners of improved lots of their right to purchase the lots within sixty days. The information contained in the printed notices includes the name of the town, the lot and block numbers, the amount of the appraisement, and the amount required to purchase the lot. The form includes an "Acknowledgement of Service." (L3195, L3196, and 45547).
A-9-18-5

249. CERTIFICATES OF IDENTIFICATION.

1904-1912. 4 in.
Arranged alphabetically by the surname of the owner of the improvements.
Notarized certificates of identification submitted by persons owning improvements in townsites to correct discrepancies in the names listed in the original schedules of appraisement and notices of appraisement described in entries 247 and 248. The only information given is the name of the town, the lot and block numbers, and the owner's correct name.
A-9-20-2

250. LISTS OF LOTS SOLD.

1902-1911. 7 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by town. Within each list, entries are arranged numerically by block number.
Typed lists of unimproved or vacant lots that were sold at public auction. The information given for each lot includes the lot and block number, name of purchaser, purchase price, date of sale, and the purchaser1s address.
A-9-20-1

251. DOCKET OF APPLICATIONS TO ALIENATE LAND

1903-1908. 3 vols. 4 in.
Arranged numerically by application number assigned chronologically by date of application.
Two sets of dockets of applications submitted under the act of Congress of March 3, 1903 (32 Stat. 982) to alienate allotted land for townsite purposes. The information given for each application includes the applicant's name, town name, the legal description of the land, the date the petition was filed, and a chronological summary of the proceedings. There are also two case files that contain petitions, plat maps, transcripts of testimony, and plat maps. (30A land bundle 1 and 416350).
A-9-20-3

252. PLAT MAPS OF LOCATIONS OF TRACTS ALIENATED.

1903-1907. 47 items.
Arranged by Township. There is an index the names of the persons who were allotted the tracts.
Printed plat maps (form 66) annotated in various colors to show the location of tracts covered by applications for unrestricted alienation for townsite purposes. Notes on each plat include the allottee's name, the legal description of the tract, the date of the petition of alienation, and the date of action by the Secretary of Interior on the petition. Many of the plat maps are annotated to show the location of railroad lines.
A-9-20-3

253. NOTICES OF TOWNSITE LIMITS.

1901-1904. 5 in.
Arranged numerically by an unidentified numbering system.
Printed notices and plat maps giving the exterior limits and the area of townsites. The notices include the legal description of the tracts included within the townsite and the area of each tract and warn against the erection of improvements outside the approved limits of the townsite. The plats were drawn on 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets of vellum and show the boundaries and total area of the townsites and the location and area of cemeteries. It appears that the plat maps and notices were submitted to the Secretary of Interior and subsequently returned to the U.S. Inspector for Indian Territory. Many of the plat maps of the exterior limits are also included in the detailed plat maps described in entry 255.
A-9-20-3

254. SURVEY NOTES.

1901-1902. 7 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by tribe.
Small notebooks containing field notes and copies of plat maps of townsites. Most of the notes appear to have been made by H. V. Hinkley. One volume contains the names of persons allotted land within townsites and another includes sketches of railroad station grounds.
A-9-20-3

255. PLAT MAPS OF TOWNSITES.

1899-1905. 340 ITEMS
Arranged alphabetically by town.
Photoprocessed copies and some original manuscript plat maps of townsites submitted to the Secretary of Interior for approval. Many of the maps have been annotated with the location of railroads, pipelines, and improvements. Microfilmed as 7RA18.
A-35-003-7 to 12 and A-35-004-7 to 11

256. LETTERS SENT TO THE UNION AGENCY.

1907-1908. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent.
Press copies of letters sent by the Commission to the Union Agency transmitting deeds and patents to town lots. The majority of the lots were located in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. The transmittal letter lists each deed and the name of the grantee.
A-9-20-3 (in box with entry 253)

256A. REPORTS ON SALE OF TOWN LOTS.

1903-1916. 5 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order.
Original reports on the sale of lots in various townsites and related correspondence between the Dawes Commission or Secretary of Interior and the U.S. Indian Agent. The reports generally include only the lot and block number and the amount collected. There are also copies of regulations governing sales, notices of sale, and some correspondence relating to legal proceedings over ownership of lots. The records include reports of remitances for purchase of townlots. (from 7NN-75-89-0015).
A-9-20-3

256B. PATENTS FOR TOWNLOTS.

1900-1915. 2 ft.
Arranged by town.
Patents and some Quit Claim Deeds for townlots in the Cherokee, Choctaw-Chickasaw, and Creek Nations. Many of the patents are for lots in Muskogee. There is also some correspondence about the issuance of deeds.
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RECORDS RELATING TO CHOCTAW-CHICKASAW TOWNSITES

257. LETTERS SENT BY THE CHICKASAW COMMISSION.

1902-1904. 3 vols. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent. Each volume contains an index to addressees.
Press copies of letters sent by the Chairman of the Chickasaw Townsite Commission to the general public relating to surveys, appraisals, sale of vacant lots, and administrative matters. Microfilmed as 7RA181, rolls 1-3.
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258. JOURNAL OF DAILY PROCEEDINGS.

1899-1905. 3 vols. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of session.
A handwritten record of business conducted by the Chickasaw Townsite Commission. The record contains information about personnel, procedures, survey of townsites, appraisal of lots, and sale of lots. (L3219, L3207, and L3335).
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259. LETTERS SENT BY THE CHOCTAW COMMISSION.

May-June, 1905. 1 vol. 5 pages.
Arranged chronologically by date sent.
Press copies of four letters sent by the Chairman of the Choctaw Townsite Commission to other members of the Commission and the general public. The letters relate to the appraisal of improvements and the travelling expenses of the Commission members.
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260. JOURNAL OF DAILY PROCEEDINGS.

1899-1903. 2 vols. 2 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of session.
A handwritten record of business conducted by the Choctaw Townsite Commission. The record contains information about personnel, procedures, survey of townsites, appraisals, and the sale of lots. There is also a list of employees that contains the dates of their appointments. (L3340 and L3220).
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261. CHOCTAW CONTEST DOCKET.

1899-1906. 1 vol. 4 in.
Arranged numerically by contest number assigned chronologically by the date the contest was instituted. The volume includes an index to parties involved.
A record of proceedings held in contests over ownership of improvements on townlots within the Choctaw Nation. The information given for each contest includes the names of the parties involved and their attorneys, the lot and block number, and a summary of the proceedings held. The volume contains a few contests over lots in the Creek and Cherokee Nation. (L2455).
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262. RECORD OF TOWN LOT PATENTS ISSUED.

1900-1902. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged by town and thereunder numerically by patent number assigned chronologically by date issued.
A record of patents issued to purchasers of town lots in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. The information given for each patent includes the date issued, name of purchaser, lot and block number, and town. (L2451).
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263. RECORD OF TOWN LOT PATENTS MAILED.

1900-1908. 14 VOLS. 1 Ft.
Arranged by town and thereunder numerically by patent number assigned chronologically by date issued.
A record of patents to town lots that were mailed to purchasers that gives patent number, date mailed, name of purchaser, lot and block number, and purchase price.
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RECORDS RELATING TO CREEK TOWNSITES

264. REGISTER OF LETTERS RECEIVED.

1902-1903. 3 vols. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of receipt.
Registers of letters received by the Chairman of the Creek Townsite Commission from the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory or the Secretary of Interior. The information given for each letter includes the date it was written, the file number assigned, and a brief summary of the subject. Many of the letters registered in these volumes are among the records described in entry 265. (L3739, L3737, L3724).
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265. LETTERS RECEIVED FROM THE INDIAN INSPECTOR.

1899-1903. 6 in.
Arranged in roughly chronological order by date received. Beginning in 1902, the letters are arranged numerically by a file number assigned chronologically by date received.
Original letters received by Dwight W. Tuttle, Chairman of the Creek Townsite Commission from the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory. There are a few letters received from the Secretary of Interior. The letters relate to personnel, surveys of townsites, appraisal and sale of lots, and administrative matters.
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266. MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS RECEIVED.

1899-1903. 6 in.
Arranged in roughly chronological order by date received.
Original letters and telegrams received by the Creek Townsite Commission from field surveyors, the mayor of Muskogee, officials of the Creek tribal government, and persons claiming ownership of improved lots in townsites. The letters relate to the survey of townsites and the appraisal and sale of lots. There are also a few petitions relating to surveys and papers filed in contests over ownership of lots.
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267. MINUTES OF COMMISSION MEETINGS.

May 1, 1899-August 24, 1901. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.
A handwritten record of proceedings of the Muskogee Townsite Commission that was responsible for the survey and platting of the town of Muskogee and the appraisal of individual lots. (L3274).
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268. LETTERS SENT BY THE PRINCIPAL CHIEF.

August 30, 1901-April 25, 1902. 1 Vol. .5 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent. The volume includes an index to subjects.
Press copies of letters sent by the Principal Chief of the Creek Nation to the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory relating to the issuance of deeds to lots. There are also a few letters to the Union Agency and the general public relating to the sale of lots.
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269. RECORD OF APPRAISAL.

1901-1902. 4 vols. 8 in.
There are separate volumes for each town. Entries within each volume are arranged numerically by block number.
Record of appraisal of lots in Muskogee, Wagoner, and Mounds. The information given for each lot includes lot and block number, size (front and depth in feet), name of owner, and appraised value. There are some notes relating to the issuance of deeds. (L2456, L2453, L2454, and L3156).
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270. SCHEDULES OF APPRAISEMENT.

1902-1908. 6 in.
Arranged alphabetically by town.
Carbon copies of schedules of appraisements of lots and improvements and lists of lots sold at public auction. There are some letters from the Indian Inspector to the Principal Chief of the Creek Nation relating to sales. Similar lists are among the records described in entries 247 and 250. (From 69869).
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271. SURVEY NOTES OF MUSKOGEE.

1899-1900. 3 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically by block number.
Negative photostatic copies of block sketches and penciled notes made by H. V. Hinckley who was Supervising Engineer for the Creek Townsite Commission. The notes include corner references and some names of owners of improved lots. (L3304 and 82-9-11)
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271A. PLAT MAPS OF TOWNSITES.

1900-1902. 200 items.
Arranged by town.
Some original linen tracings and many blueprint copies of maps of townsites and railroad stations near townsites. It appears that the maps were submitted to the Secretary of Interior for approval. There is some correspondence, deeds, applications, and affidavits relating to the establishment or approval of the townsite.
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272. PLAT MAPS.

1908. 39 items.
Arranged by township and thereunder by range.
Printed plat maps (form 66) annotated to show the location of land alienated for townsite purposes under an act of Congress of March 3, 1903(32 Stat. 982). The information given for each townsite includes the name of the person who was allotted the land, the date the application to alienate was filed, and the dates of action by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of Interior. See entry 251 for a description of dockets of applications to alienate land. (L3349).
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273. NOTICES OF HEARINGS.

1902-1903. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent.
Press copies of printed notices of hearings to determine the ownership of contested lots. The information contained in the notice includes the names of the parties involved, contest number, name of the town, lot and block number, and date of hearing.
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274. CONTEST DOCKETS.

1900-1905. 5 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by town. Within each volume, entries are arranged numerically by contest number assigned chronologically by the date the contest was instituted.
A record of contests over ownership of lots in Checotah, Muskogee, Eufaula, Okmulgee, and Sapulpa. The information given for each contest includes the names of the parties involved, contest number, lot and block number, date filed, and a summary of the proceedings and decision. One volume contains a chronological list of decisions rendered by the Creek Townsite Commission. (L3696, L3208, L3209, L3703, and from 70319).
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275. RECORD OF TOWN LOT PATENTS ISSUED.

1901-1906. 1 vol. 3 in.
Arranged by town and thereunder numerically by block number.
The information given for each patent issued includes the date issued, lot and block number, name of purchaser, patent number, appraised value of the lot, amount paid, and date recorded. (82-6-11)
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276. RECORD OF PATENTS MAILED.

1901-1904. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by town and thereunder numerically by patent number assigned chronologically by date issued.
The information given for each patent includes number, date mailed, name of purchaser, and the lot and block number. These patents are also recorded in the volume described in entry 275. (from 405362-3).
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277. RECORD OF DEEDS ("ABSTRACT BOOK").

1891-1904. 44 pages.
Arranged by town.
A record prepared by the Territorial Trust and Surety Company of deeds to lots in Creek towns. The information given for each deed includes the date filed, name of grantor and grantee, purchase price, and a reference to a "takeoff book." (L2457 and L2452).
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278. ACCOUNTS OF THE TOWNSITE COMMISSION.

1899-1903. 1 ft.
Arranged chronologically by date received.
Letters from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to Dwight W. Tuttle, Chairman of the Creek Townsite Commission, relating to accounts and vouchers, property returns, cash reports of employees in service, statements of funds remitted, and related printed forms pertaining to financial matters.
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RECORDS OF THE DISBURSING OFFICE

The Disbursing Office was responsible for the receipt and disbursement of appropriated funds, the collection and transfer of payments from the general public, the registration and indexing of most incoming letters, and the copying and indexing of outgoing letters. The Office was under the supervision of the Chief Clerk and Special Disbursing Agent who often served as the Acting Chairman of the Dawes Commission.

279. INDEX TO LETTERS RECEIVED.

October 1897-October, 1911. 9 vols. 1 ft.
The index is divided into chronological segments and thereunder alphabetically by the first two letters of the sender's surname.
An index to letters received from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, employees of the Dawes Commission, and the general public. The information given for each letter includes the name of the sender, date written and received, file number assigned, and a brief summary of the subject. The bulk of the letters indexed relate to vouchers for supplies and equipment and the payment of salaries. The letters indexed in these volumes were not indexed in the volumes described in entries 24 and 28. (L3044,16-4-11, L3298, L3007, and L2932).
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280. LETTERS RECEIVED.

May-October, 1899. 2 ft.
Arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the sender's surname. Beginning in July, letters are arranged numerically by file number assigned chronologically by date of receipt. There are a few letters that were received in 1908.
Original letters and telegrams received by the Special Disbursing Agent H. Van Smith from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, officials of the Treasury Department, field employees of the Commission, and the general public. The letters relate to authority to expend funds, status of accounts, purchase of supplies, and payment of salaries and vouchers. The letters often include bills, invoices, bills of lading, and printed forms relating to accounts. There are a few letters relating to applications for employment and recommendations of persons for employment. (From 45540).
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281. PRESS COPIES OF LETTERS SENT.

March 1897-April, 1904. 42 vols. 4 ft.
Arranged chronologically by date sent. Each volume contains an index to addressees.
The letters relate to expenditure of funds, status of accounts, payments, purchase of supplies, and employment and were sent to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, officials of the Treasury Department, field employees of the Commission, and the general public. Beginning on April 1, 1904, outgoing letters were maintained in the two series described in entry 282 and 283.
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282. LETTERS SENT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.

April, 1904-November, 1908. 3 vols. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent. Each volume contains a register of letters sent.
Press copies of letters sent relating to the status of accounts, requests for supplies and stationary, and the appointment and promotion of employees.
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283. LETTERS SENT ("GENERAL LETTERS").

April, 1904-December, 1910. 22 vols. 2 ft.
Arranged chronologically by date sent. Each volume contains an index to addressees.
Press copies of letters sent to officials of the Treasury Department, field employees of the Commission, and the general public. The letters relate to the purchase of supplies, payment of invoices, and appointments and promotions of employees.
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284. RECORD OF LEAVE TAKEN.

Nov 20, 1899-1901. 1 vol. 2 in.
Arranged numerically by an employee identification number. The volume includes an index to employees.
A record of leave taken by employees of the Commission that gives the employee's name, position, date of entry on duty, salary, state from which appointed, and the dates on which leave was taken. (from 99547).
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285. REPORTS OF PERSONNEL ACTIONS.

March 13-November 1, 1900. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of report.
Press copies of reports prepared on printed forms of appointments, promotions, and resignations. The reports were made to the Secretary of Interior and include the employee's name, date of action, salary, and position. There are a few press copies of letters sent to the Secretary of Interior relating to individual employees.
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286. REGISTER OF EMPLOYEES.

1907. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the employee's surname.
A register of employees of the Commission that gives the person's name, position, salary, date of appointment, and place of residence. The volume includes some employees of the Office of the U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory. See entry 983 of Preliminary Inventory 163 for rosters of employees of the Commission from 1899 to 1901.
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287. RECORDS RELATING TO APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS.

1902-1904. 8 in.
Arranged numerically (1501 to 1650) by an employee identification number. No index has been located.
Individual folders on employees containing oaths of office, correspondence relating to appointments and resignations, and printed reports to the Secretary of Interior on personnel actions taken. (from 70215).
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288. RECORDS OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS.

1897-1907. 4 vols. 1 ft.
There are two volumes for accounts of the Chairman of the Commission and two volumes for accounts of other offices and groups. Within each volume, receipts and disbursements are recorded chronologically on facing pages.
A record of funds received by and disbursements charged to the general office of the Commission; land offices; appraisement, enrollment, timber estimating, and survey parties; and miscellaneous expenses. The information given for each receipt includes date, amount, source, and account credited. The information given for each disbursement includes date, payee, voucher number, amount, and account charged. (12161, L3199, L3190).
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288A. VOUCHERS FOR EMPLOYEE PAYROLLS.

1900-1906. 2 FT.
Arranged chronologically by quarters of each fiscal year.
A triplicate copy of a voucher prepared to pay regular and irregular employees. The printed form (6) contains each employee's name, occupation, period of service, number of days served, rate of pay, amount paid, and signature. There are also some supporting forms that generally contain only the employee's name and amount paid. (From 46330-2).
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